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26th Mar '16 7:03:52 AM Dimas28
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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Jumhuriyi Tojikiston''; '''Russian:''' ''Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.

The Tajiks consider themselves Persian with a slight difference. Unlike the Shia Iranians, they are Sunnis. If an Afghan introduces himself as a Persian, chances are he is mostly a Tajik.

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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Jumhuriyi Tojikiston''; '''Russian:''' ''Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; others and is in fact a part of the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself.Persian world (see below). It was also poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.

The "Tajik" is actually a term that was previously used by the Turkic settlers of Central Asia to refer to their southern Muslim neighbors (at that time, the Turkics hadn't yet converted to Islam). It eventually evolved to refer to the Persian-speaking peoples of Transoxiana (basically today's Tajikistan and Northern Afghanistan) after the Turkics' conversion, but it remained a somewhat pejorative term until the Russian era. While its use is politically-motivated, the term becomes handy to differentiate between the Sunni and Shia Persians, because the Tajiks consider themselves Persian with a slight difference. Unlike are basically Persians who remain Sunni Muslims when the other Persians were aggressively evangelized to Shia Iranians, they Islam during the Safavid era. A good analogy would be the Germans post-Reformation; while the Germans who follow the Protestant movement retain their ethnonym, the Germans who keep being Catholics are Sunnis. If an Afghan introduces himself gradually referred to as a Persian, chances are he Austrians and/or Alemanns. The analogy goes even further as the conservative Tajiks live in the highlands like the Alemanns, while the progressive Persians live in the lowlands[[note]]relatively; Iran is mostly a Tajik.
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Geographically, Tajikistan is '''highly''' mountainous, sort of like a Central Asian UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}}. It says something when more than 90% of the country is covered by mountains, many of which are over 6000 meters tall. The perpetual snow and many glaciers that dot the landscape has supported irrigation for as long as the area was first settled. The mountains that cover the country are mainly those from the Pamir, which extends to Afghanistan and UsefulNotes/{{China}}. About the only area not covered by mountains is the Ferghana Valley in the north, which is mostly dry and populated by Uzbeks. These traits are also shared by neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Kyrgyzstan}}, which has ''slightly'' less mountains but still enough to make it part of the "Roof of the World".

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Geographically, Tajikistan is '''highly''' mountainous, sort of like a Central Asian UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}}. It says something when more than 90% of the country is covered by mountains, many of which are over 6000 meters tall. The perpetual snow and many glaciers that dot the landscape has supported irrigation for as long as the area was first settled. The mountains that cover the country are mainly those from the Pamir, which extends to Afghanistan and UsefulNotes/{{China}}. About the only area not covered by mountains is the Ferghana Fergana Valley in the north, which is mostly dry flat and populated by the Uzbeks. These traits are also shared by neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Kyrgyzstan}}, which has ''slightly'' less mountains but still enough to make it part of the "Roof of the World".
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Tajikistan's population is one of the most homogenous in the famously diverse Central Asia. 89.9% of the population are officially Tajiks, while the rest mainly consists of Uzbeks and [[TheRemnant several small communities of Eastern Iranian peoples who once dominated the entire Central Asia before the Turkics screwed them up, though they managed to survive thanks to the mountainous terrain]]. Despite the high percentage, Tajikistan doesn't hold the most numerous Tajik population; that title would be awarded to Afghanistan, who has 9.4 million vs Tajikistan's 6.7 million Tajiks, though confusingly enough, the Tajiks' language is called Dari there (yes, another term to mix-up the already-convoluted way to refer to Persian).
19th Dec '15 3:37:56 AM Dimas28
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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Jumhuriyi Tojikiston''; '''Russian:''' ''Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.

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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Jumhuriyi Tojikiston''; '''Russian:''' ''Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan UsefulNotes/{{Afghanistan}} and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.


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Geographically, Tajikistan is '''highly''' mountainous, sort of like a Central Asian UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}}. It says something when more than 90% of the country is covered by mountains, many of which are over 6000 meters tall. The perpetual snow and many glaciers that dot the landscape has supported irrigation for as long as the area was first settled. The mountains that cover the country are mainly those from the Pamir, which extends to Afghanistan and UsefulNotes/{{China}}. About the only area not covered by mountains is the Ferghana Valley in the north, which is mostly dry and populated by Uzbeks. These traits are also shared by neighboring UsefulNotes/{{Kyrgyzstan}}, which has ''slightly'' less mountains but still enough to make it part of the "Roof of the World".
23rd Nov '15 11:06:13 PM amateur55
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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Çumhuriji Toçikiston/Jumhuriyi Tojikiston''; '''Russian:''' ''Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.

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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Çumhuriji Toçikiston/Jumhuriyi Jumhuriyi Tojikiston''; '''Russian:''' ''Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.
12th Mar '15 9:22:13 PM jormis29
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The territory was caught into TsaristRussia's expansion in the late 1800s, with light resistance. During the [[RedOctober Russian Revolution]], Bukhara became a communist state until it was subsumed to what would be the Soviet Union. During the 1930s, the Tajik ASSR, later promoted to an SSR, came to being. Its capital Dushanbe was for a time, called [[EgoPolis Stalinabad]], in honor of JosephStalin. It seen its period of repression.

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The territory was caught into TsaristRussia's expansion in the late 1800s, with light resistance. During the [[RedOctober [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russian Revolution]], Bukhara became a communist state until it was subsumed to what would be the Soviet Union. During the 1930s, the Tajik ASSR, later promoted to an SSR, came to being. Its capital Dushanbe was for a time, called [[EgoPolis Stalinabad]], in honor of JosephStalin. It seen its period of repression.
31st Jul '14 11:46:27 AM amateur55
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The current president is Inomali Rahmon, formerly Inomali Rakhmonov. He changed his surname to reduce Russian influence in Tajik culture. He also changed the alphabet of Tajik from Cyrillic to Latin and once considered reviving the Tajik Perso-Arabic alphabet. However, it was scrapped.

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The current president is Inomali Rahmon, formerly Inomali Rakhmonov. He changed his surname to reduce Russian influence in Tajik culture. He also changed the alphabet of Tajik from Cyrillic to Latin and once considered reviving the Tajik Perso-Arabic alphabet. However, it was scrapped.
31st Jul '14 11:28:44 AM amateur55
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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Çumhuriyi Toçikiston/Chumhuriyi Tochikiston''; '''Russian:''' ''Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.

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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Çumhuriyi Toçikiston/Chumhuriyi Tochikiston''; Çumhuriji Toçikiston/Jumhuriyi Tojikiston''; '''Russian:''' ''Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.
11th Jan '14 8:11:01 AM zero5889
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->The crown represents the Tajik people, the name itself arguably is derived from tajvar, which means "crowned". In traditional Tajik cultural aspects the number "seven" is a symbol of perfection, the embodiment of happiness and the provider of virtue. According to Tajik legend, Islamic heaven is composed of seven beautiful orchids, separated by seven mountains each with a glowing star on top. The middle white stripe is one-and-a-half times the size of the red and green stripes. The red represents the unity of the nation and the symbol of the sun and victory; the white represents purity, cotton, the snow on the mountains and the unity of the people; and green stands for the spiritual meaning of Islam and represents the generosity of nature of the country.

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->The crown represents ->Red stands for the sun, unity and victory; white for purity, cotton (the nation's chief cash crop) and snowy mountains; and green for Islam and natural bounty. At the center is a golden crown, symbolizing the Tajik people, the name itself arguably is derived from tajvar, which means "crowned". In traditional Tajik cultural aspects the adorned with seven stars (seven being a number "seven" is a symbol of perfection, the embodiment of happiness perfection and the provider of virtue. According to virtue in Tajik legend, Islamic heaven is composed of seven beautiful orchids, separated by seven mountains each with a glowing star on top. The middle white stripe is one-and-a-half times the size of the red and green stripes. The red represents the unity of the nation and the symbol of the sun and victory; the white represents purity, cotton, the snow on the mountains and the unity of the people; and green stands for the spiritual meaning of Islam and represents the generosity of nature of the country.culture).
29th Dec '13 8:02:32 PM merlinxchick
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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Çumhuriyi Toçikiston/Chumhuriyi Tochikiston''; '''Russian:''' Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.

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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Çumhuriyi Toçikiston/Chumhuriyi Tochikiston''; '''Russian:''' Респу́блика ''Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.
29th Dec '13 8:02:14 PM merlinxchick
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Tajikistan is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.

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Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Тоҷикистон''), officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan ('''Tajik:''' ''Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, Çumhuriyi Toçikiston/Chumhuriyi Tochikiston''; '''Russian:''' Респу́блика Таджикистан, Respublika Tadzhikistan'') is a Central Asian country that was a part of the USSR until 1991. While it is lumped among the Central Asian states, it is not Turkic as the others; in fact the Tajiks are related to Iranians and Afghans, and more Tajiks live in the latter country rather than in Tajikistan itself. It was also the poorest of the former Soviet republics, being north of Afghanistan and with the attendant problems of Islamic insurgency didn't help.
28th Jul '13 3:04:29 PM Quag15
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->The crown represents the Tajik people, the name itself arguably is derived from tajvar, which means "crowned". In traditional Tajik cultural aspects the number "seven" is a symbol of perfection, the embodiment of happiness and the provider of virtue. According to Tajik legend, Islamic heaven is composed of seven beautiful orchids, separated by seven mountains each with a glowing star on top. The middle white stripe is one-and-a-half times the size of the red and green stripes. The red represents the unity of the nation and the symbol of the sun and victory; the white represents purity, cotton, the snow on the mountains and the unity of the people; and green stands for the spiritual meaning of Islam and represents the generosity of nature of the country.
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